The inquisitor threatened him several times with cruel death and said to him: "You certainly know. . . that I caused your sister (i.e., Tanneken van der Leyen) to be thrown into the Scheldt River." But neither threats nor supplications could make Laurens renounce his faith, which he strongly confessed. He had not yet received his baptism on faith. "I was," he said, "not yet good enough." The Martyrs' Mirror also contains his confession of faith, delivered on 4 July 1559. In this confession he defends the doctrine of Incarnation as taught by Menno Simons. A number of members of the congregation of Antwerp were in prison with Laurens, the names of whom he gives in the third and fourth letters, and many of whom faithfully suffered martyrdom after Laurens had been put to death. They could observe how Laurens was executed and died as a true follower of his Lord.
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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Laurens van der Leyen (d. 1559)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 12 Feb 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Laurens_van_der_Leyen_(d._1559)&oldid=132814.
Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). Laurens van der Leyen (d. 1559). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 February 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Laurens_van_der_Leyen_(d._1559)&oldid=132814.
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